Making films has got to be one of the hardest endeavors known to humankind.
People of color have a constant frustration of not being represented, or being misrepresented, and these images go around the world.
All directors are storytellers, so the motivation was to tell the story I wanted to tell. That's what I love.
It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.
I didn't dream about being a director. I didn't know I wanted to do something with film until the summer between my sophomore and junior years at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
You have to do the research. If you don't know about something, then you ask the right people who do.
I am a hybrid. I do independent films and also do Hollywood films - I love them both.
I live in New York City, the stories of my films take place in New York; I'm a New York filmmaker.
I think it would be very boring dramatically to have a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults. To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
I'm riding my man Obama. I think he's a visionary. Actually, Barack told me the first date he took Michelle to was 'Do the Right Thing.' I said, Thank God I made it. Otherwise you would have taken her to 'Soul Man.' Michelle would have been like 'What's wrong with this brother?'
I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting than people who are perfect.
If we became students of Malcolm X, we would not have young black men out there killing each other like they're killing each other now. Young black men would not be impregnating young black women at the rate going on now. We'd not have the drugs we have now, or the alcoholism.
Fight the power that be. Fight the power.
A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there.
Don't think that because you haven't heard from me for a while that I went to sleep. I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night. Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.
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